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Regulatory landscape of providing information on newborn screening to parents across Europe

V. Franková 1 R. O. Driscoll 1 M. E. Jansen 2 J. G. Loeber 3 V. Kožich 1 J. Bonham 4 P. Borde I. Brincat 5 D. Cheillan 6 E. Dekkers 2 R. Fingerhut 7 I. B. Kuš 8 P. Girginoudis 9 U. Groselj 10 D. Hougaard 11 M. Knapková 12, 13 G. Marca 14 I. Malniece 15 M. I. Nanu 16 U. Nennstiel 17 N. Olkhovych 18 M. Oltarzewski 19 R. D. Pettersen 20 G. Racz 21 K. Reinson 22 D. Salimbayeva 23 J. Songailiene 24 L. Vilarinho 25 M. Vogazianos 26 R. H. Zetterström 27 M. Zeyda 28
Abstract : Newborn screening (NBS) is an important part of public healthcare systems in many countries. The provision of information to parents about NBS is now recognised as an integral part of the screening process. Informing parents on all aspects of screening helps to achieve the benefits, promote trust and foster support for NBS. Therefore, policies and guidelines should exist to govern how the information about NBS is provided to parents, taking into account evidence-based best practices. The purpose of our survey was to explore whether any legally binding provisions, guidelines or recommendations existed pertaining to the provision of information about NBS to parents across Europe. Questions were designed to determine the regulatory process of when, by whom and how parents should be informed about screening. Twenty-seven countries participated in the survey. The results indicated that most countries had some sort of legal framework or guidelines for the provision of information to parents. However, only 37% indicated that the provision of information was required prenatally. The majority of countries were verbally informing parents with the aid of written materials postnatally, just prior to sample collection. Information was provided by a neonatologist, midwife or nurse. A website dedicated to NBS was available for 67% of countries and 89% had written materials about NBS for parents. The survey showed that there is a lack of harmonisation among European countries in the provision of information about NBS and emphasised the need for more comprehensive guidelines at the European level.
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V. Franková, R. O. Driscoll, M. E. Jansen, J. G. Loeber, V. Kožich, et al.. Regulatory landscape of providing information on newborn screening to parents across Europe. European Journal of Human Genetics, Nature Publishing Group, 2021, 29 (1), pp.67-78. ⟨10.1038/s41431-020-00716-6⟩. ⟨inserm-03274425⟩

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